Structure and Contents

The "Public History" course of study at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum is a consecutive Master's degree course lasting four semesters. It is divided into two sections, one in the field of education and one in the field of research. Each of these two parts forms 30% of the final grade.

Modules 1 to 3 are assigned to Public History.

Module 1 aims to give students an understanding of the central concepts and theories of public history. The students will acquire the first techniques for imparting historical knowledge to a broader public. The module consists of a lecture series as well as a theoretical and practical exercise. The lecture series introduces phenomena of public history and possible occupational fields for public historians. The course is held jointly by teachers of the Institute as well as actors and institutions of public history. In the theoretical exercise, the students work out different theoretical approaches, concepts and methods of public history, history didactics and reception research. In the practical exercise, students develop their own smaller projects and present them. The module grade is not included in the M. A. grade, it serves as an introduction to the subject area "Public History".

Module 2 consists of two seminars and an excursion. The two seminars are closely related to each other in terms of subject matter, since they deal with the same subject area from a scientific and didactic perspective and illuminate it intensively from both sides. The module concludes with an excursion to an institution that is relevant for the seminars and communicates history. The module exam consists of a 45-minute oral examination with the lecturers of the two seminars. The module note is included in the M. A. note at a rate of 10%.

Module 3 is a practically oriented module. It consists of an internship at an institution that communicates history and is to be attended during the semester. The second part of the module is an accompanying seminar, which is to be held as a block seminar. At the end of this accompanying seminar, an internship report will be written, which will result in the module grade. The module's score is included in the M. A. grade with 20%.

Modules 4 to 7 are part of the subject-science part of the programme.

Modules 4 and 6 are two identically constructed modules with two different focal points. At least one of the two focal points must be in modern times. A differentiation into two partial epochs of modern times (e. g. Early modern times, "long 19th century", modern history or contemporary history) is possible. Likewise, one of the focal points of the epoch can be in ancient history or the Middle Ages, if the other lies in modern times. It is important to note: the epochal focus selected for modules 6 and 7 specifies the period of time for the master thesis, should it be written on a scientific question.
Both modules consist of a lecture, and two types of advanced seminars. In the main seminars, a seminar paper is to be written, which results in the module grades. Modules 4 and 6 each receive 10% of the M. A. grade.

Module 5 is to be done with the same emphasis as module 4. The instrumental and systematic competences acquired in Module 4 will be deepened here in an Advanced Exercise (ÜfF) and a colloquium. New fields of research are being developed and presented at the UEFA. In the colloquium, students present their own examinations and research papers and discuss them. The module grade results from a lecture at the ÜfF. The module is included in the M. A. grade at 5%.

Module 7 is the same period as module 6, consisting of a main seminar and a colloquium and is intended to deepen the scientific work in the respective field. The seminar paper to be prepared in the seminar forms the module mark. In the colloquium, the Master's thesis, which is in preparation, will be presented and discussed. The module receives 5% of the final grade.

The examination module includes the preparation of the Master's thesis and its defense. A period of four months is provided for the master thesis and should not exceed 200,000 characters (approx. 80 pages). The Master's thesis can be written on a question from the field of public history or from the field of history. If the master thesis should be written with a subject-scientific focus, it must be based on the epochal focus B, i. e. it must cover the same partial epoch as modules 6 and 7.
The first supervisor and a second examiner from the course of study defend the master thesis, which lasts about 60 minutes. The grade of the examination module consists of 80% of the grade of the master thesis and 20% of the grade of the master thesis.